Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Hopes and Dreams

There is a new coordinator at Ella's school, and she is really putting forth an effort to get the parents involved.  Yesterday, she had little hand cut-outs at the Front Desk, with a request that each parent was to fill write out our "hopes and dreams" for our child.  The hands would all be compiled as part of an art project to be displayed in the hallway.

I have so many hopes and dreams for Ella--where would I begin?!  I thought about the standard responses--I hope that she knows how much I love her; I dream of her name being called at graduation; I hope that she's happy; I dream about how beautiful she will look on her wedding day.  There is nothing wrong with these hopes and dreams--and they are indeed what I hope and dream for her.  But I also wanted something...more.  Something more personal.  Something more lasting.  Something more deep.

And so the words written on my little hand were:
My hope is that you will have the chance to experience the depths of joy that I have experienced in being your mom.
That's my hope and dream for Ella--that she know and experience the joy that I have known in becoming her mother.  This isn't to say that her life will always be happy and easy--I know that she'll have valleys to go through.  But I hope that someday she will truly feel joy.

What are your hopes and dreams--for you, and your child?

Today's blessing is that my husband doesn't have to travel this week.  I'm not opposed to his little trips for work and his Army commitments, but I have to work late two times this week, and it makes things harder when I have to figure out child care arrangements for Ella.  So I'm just really glad that he's here to take care of her while I work. 


  1. Oh that brought tears to my eyes! <3 What a beautiful hope for your child.

  2. That is beautiful. My biggest hope & dream is that my children learn the Truth & come to know Christ as their Lord & Savior.

  3. Beautiful post Laura. My hope and dream for Elliott is to grow up confident, be a leader, and be humble by giving back to others. Ditto what Dawn said too :) I can't just sum it into one!

  4. I just did some serious catching up on your blog. It sounds like you had a nice summer. Hooray for taking up running! I've always wondered if I would like those toe shoes. And how precious Ella saying "I love you" on her own accord for the first time. Its a moment you'll never forget. I feel like we're in a similar boat right now family-wise - both wanting to have another child but also wanting to cherish every moment with the child God has blessed us with. All the while knowing He has great things in store! :)


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